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Comment: Re:And yet somehow (Score 1) 237

by brucmack (#38940905) Attached to: The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains

This may be somewhat cultural... My experiences here in northern Europe are that engineers are respected and paid accordingly.

Based on what I read on /. and other tech sites, it seems that the US in general has neglected the sciences for the last few decades, which may explain the status of the engineering profession.

Comment: Re:Both sides did more horrible things than that (Score 1) 182

by brucmack (#38635684) Attached to: North Korean Nuclear Facilities, From 30,000 Feet

Not to mention the fact that an invasion of Japan almost certainly would have resulted in more deaths than the nuclear bombs. Especially since the Japanese soldiers effectively committed suicide at the end of any lost battle instead of allowing themselves to be captured.

Comment: Ask them to program something specific (Score 3, Insightful) 672

by brucmack (#38609440) Attached to: Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

I guess we combine the two approaches: we send our candidates small coding problems to solve. So we see real code they create and have a standardized way of comparing it to what other candidates have provided.

It works really well at filtering out people we don't want to waste time talking to, and gives us a starting point for the technical interview. It isn't useful for deciding whether or not a candidate should be hired, since there are many other factors that come into play.

Comment: Re:Please. (Score 1) 319

by brucmack (#34484918) Attached to: Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

Well, I wouldn't put Ekstra Bladet in the same bin as the National Enquirer - they may not have the journalistic integrity of a "real" newspaper, but their stories are generally not completely made up. Sure, it's mostly entertainment, but let's face the facts: many Danes use Ekstra Bladet and BT as their main source of news, however irresponsible that may be.

But all of that is glossing over the real issue here, which is how Apple runs their app store. Like them or not, Ekstra Bladet's app should not have been rejected. Their content is nothing that would ever be censored in Denmark, so they should have some recourse when Apple rejects their app.

The "millions" comment was (I thought) obviously sarcastic. There is very little overlap between the Slashdot readers and potential customers of Ekstra Bladet, so I don't see how anyone could think this article was slashvertisement.

Comment: Re:It's a good point (Score 1) 319

by brucmack (#34484304) Attached to: Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

You're oversimplifying things. Jailbreaking your phone or switching to a different device are much larger steps than simply finding another newsstand.

Following with the analogy, jailbreaking would be like finding an underground distributor of the newspaper, potentially breaking the law in order to buy the publication. Switching devices would be like moving to another city where the publication isn't banned.

The iPhone isn't quite as standard as Windows on PCs, but think of what would happen if Microsoft decided that you could only install apps on Windows 8 from their own app store.

I understand their reasons for wanting to do it, but like it or not, Apple is being anti-competitive by refusing to allow alternatives to their own app store. And as this is exactly the kind of thing that European courts don't like, this should be interesting to follow.

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton